May 04, 2013

Digital library and virtual museum

Digital Public Library of America Features Upper Midwest NativesThe Digital Public Library of America is now “open” to the public. It may not have four walls and a roof, but it does have more than two million items users can browse through.

The DPLA is a free platform that makes a number of digital collections and archives from across the country available on one site.

“It’s not very often you get to build a new library,” says Dan Cohen, DPLA executive director, in a blog. “It’s an incredibly rare opportunity to build something like the Digital Public Library of America—to shape a new, open portal to knowledge and wonder.”

The site allows users to explore by a regular search, by place, by date, or to view whatever special exhibitions the library may be offering.
A possibly related development:

PBS holds public screening of American Indian virtual museum

By Leslie StratmoenWyoming’s public television station will be holding a screening of its virtual museum of American Indian artifacts this Saturday in Riverton. The showing starts at 3:30 in the Intertribal Center of Central Wyoming College. The public’s welcome, free of charge.

Bob Connolly is the assistant general manager for Wyoming PBS. He said the project is called the Wind River Virtual Museum; and it brings together tribal elders from both the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes of the nearby reservation to talk about Indian artifacts that otherwise are lost to future generations because they’re housed in far-away museums.

He said it took about five years to get the project done, which started with a grant of about $100,000, and in-kind support that brought the total cost to about $150,000. The process will be featured in an upcoming Wyoming PBS show. “Lived History: The Story of the Wind River Virtual Museum” will air on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30.
Comment:  For more on Indians on the Internet, see and Internet Library on Pine Ridge.

Below:  "Dakota quillwork leather vest (1890-1899), Minnesota Historical Society. Part of the History of Survivance exhibit."

1 comment:

Rob said...

For more on the virtual museum, see:

Virtual museum brings artifacts closer

Lost artifacts of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes have made a special trip back home from Chicago to be displayed in a kiosk at Central Wyoming College. Lived History: The Wind River Virtual Museum was revealed Saturday to tribe members from the Wind River Indian Reservation, CWC faculty, and other community members.

A collaboration between Wyoming PBS, Alpheus Media and Lord Cultural Resources took Eastern Shoshone elders Ralphaelita Stump and Philbert Mcloud, Northern Arapaho elders Robert Goggles and William C'Hair, Shoshone tribe member Jordan Dresser, and Northern Arapaho tribe member Mikala Sun Rhodes to the Chicago Field Museum where they were able to see artifacts that are more than 100 years old.

The artifacts, ranging from tools to weapons and clothing were gathered by collectors after they were lost by or stolen or taken from their rightful owners years ago. The items ended up at the museum and were boxed away for many decades. The group's journey was filmed and culminated in a 30-minute documentary that was shown Saturday after the unveiling of the virtual museum kiosk.